UpBeat Music & Arts is led by musician and philanthropist Scott Barbeau, who founded the non-profit in 2013 to help youth reach their fullest potential through music and art. Upbeat helps students from all backgrounds connect with music, arts and each other. We believe economics should not be an obstacle to learning music and art, so scholarships are offered to those in need.

Our curriculum, values, and teachers make the difference. 

The UpBeat teachers are not only outstanding musicians, but can really relate to young people. Students learn life lessons such as accountability, discipline, respect, kindness, and humility through fun and interactive lessons. Individual and peer-based, small group learning environments help facilitate social and emotional  growth. In addition to learning the fundamentals of music performance and theory, students gain self-confidence and build self-esteem.